Pythian at UKOUG 14

Will you be joining us at the UKOUG Conference and Exhibition in Liverpool, UK? Over 200 world-class speakers and industry experts will be in attendance, including some of our very own. Michael Abbey,...
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Why Women Should Consider a Smartwatch

I keep having this conversation over and over, in retail stores, restaurants and other establishments- women coming up to me and asking, “Can you tell me about that watch you have on?” It made...
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Retrieving Bind Values from SQL Monitor in EM12c Release 4

I know others may want to know how to do this and I had challenges until Gagan Chawla, a teammate from Oracle, was kind enough to point out how to still get to this hidden, little gold nugget, so I’m...
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Feeling trepidatious? Time to lay very low?

Sure, "trepidatious" might not be a word, per se.But I am confident it is something that more than one very famous male actor is feeling right now, as they watch Bill Cosby go down in flames.As in: seriously...
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Log Buffer #398, A Carnival of the Vanities for DBAs

This Log Buffer Edition covers some informative and interesting posts from Oracle, SQL Server and the MySQL. Oracle: If you’re not using Toad DBA Suite, it’s sometimes hard to find solutions. Somebody...
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Watch: Hadoop vs. Oracle Exadata

Every data platform has its value, and deciding which one will work best for your big data objectives can be tricky—Alex Gorbachev, Oracle ACE Director, Cloudera Champion of Big Data, and Chief Technology...
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12.1.0.2 Introduction to Zone Maps Part III (Little By Little)

I’ve previously discussed the new Zone Map database feature and how they work in a similar manner to Exadata Storage indexes. Just like Storage Indexes (and conventional indexes for that manner),...
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Baselines

I’m not very keen on bending the rules on production systems, I’d prefer to do things that look as if they could have happened in a completely legal fashion, but sometimes it’s necessary...
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Webinar Followup (Nov. 12) – In Search of Plan Stability – Part 2

Sorry for the delay in getting this posted, but thanks to everyone who attended my November 12th webinar entitled In Search of Plan Stability - Part 2. You can download the presentation materials from...
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Oracle Database 12c : EXPAND_SQL_TEXT, APPROX_COUNT_DISTINCT, Session Sequences and Temporary Undo

While I was away on the OTN APAC tour, I wasn’t really able to sink my teeth into anything, so inspired by Connor McDonald‘s session in Perth, I decided to write up a few bits and pieces in...
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